THE HEADWEAR INFORMATION BUREAU NAMES MILLI DESIGNER OF THE
Casey Bush founder of the Headwear Information Bureau (HIB) at the Milli
Award Contest at the Fashion Center in NYC
Vicky Gamez and Casey Bush of MIB at the Fashion Center
Milli Award Winning Hat
from Yuka Design
Eric Javits came closed with an orange straw and fabric
sun-protector floppy hat with orange, white, turquoise, pink and white
embroidery. For Daytime hat the judges honored Orit
Parente for a summer cloche made of fine Swiss horse hair with raisin
and turquoise silk poppy flower and draped ribbon. Naftali of
Canada won for a blue vintage parasisal hat with a hand sewn beaded ribbon. The
Casual hat category winner is Lisa Battaglia
Millinery, for a panama hat with oversized brim adorned with gold and
metallic ribbon. Louise Green won for a straw cowboy hat with
hand- painted leaves on a zebra printed crown and underbrim.
The Church Hat Award was given to Ann Albrizio
for a white embroidered cloche with a tulle embroidered flower on the
side. Runner up is Ophelie Hats from Canada, a great straw pink
cloche adorned with flower.
Men’s Milli Award to Christy Hats a Division of the Dorfman Pacific
Co. for a panama fedora with brown band. Cubano runner up by
Winslow and Ellsworth, came close with a parasisal straw fedora
with striped polka-dot band.
According to the MIB estimated retail hat sales for 2005 are $978.6
million. Sales have been increasing 5-10% a year since 1990.
Yuka, hat designer with Diane Feen, Hat life hat lady and Cathy Pagano
(wearing a Milli hat) at the Fashion Center in NYC
Natural colored crochet straw with scallop edged and hand dyed silk
Hats make drama, said Yuka, “this is my magic hat.”